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A more than 4-hour barricade situation in Bowie ended peacefully with no injuries after the alleged gunman surrendered to authorities.

Bowie police were first to arrive at a home in the 15500 block of Orchard Run Drive after a 16-year-old girl living on the home notified police that her mother’s boyfriend had a gun and she had heard gunshots.

Prince George’s County police were soon to arrive with a mobile command post bus used for barricade negotiations and instructed the teen on the phone to barricade herself and her younger sister inside their bedroom, said Sgt. Sonya Rorls, a county police spokeswoman.

Responding police officers used a ladder system to pull the daughters from the window of their upstairs bedroom.

Rorls said the incident was domestic related, but the exact cause of the barricade is still being investigated. She said the mother in the case walked out of the home unharmed prior to the boyfriend surrendering. She said the boyfriend “came out with his hands up.”

Rorls confirmed that two shots were fired inside the home and the suspected shooter has been taken into custody with charges pending.

The identity of the suspect has not yet been released.

djgross@gazette.net